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Grants and Scholarships

The Edward J. Ward Irish Music Scholarship

Congratulations to Caillyn Costello, from Whitefish Bay, WI, on winning the Edward J. Ward Music Scholarship in 2016! The award honors Irish Fest founder, Ed Ward, and winners are chosen by a committee of eight members of the Irish Fest and CelticMKE communities. Caillyn, will be using the scholarship to study at the Junior Davey Bodhran Academy in County Sligo. She has been playing the bodhran for six years and has been active in the Irish American community, as a step-dancer, and as a volunteers at Irish Fest. Caillyn has demonstrated that she will continue to share her musical talent within the community, thus helping to preserve and spread her Irish heritage. Congratulations Caillyn!

The $1,000 yearly scholarship for musicians or singers is to be used for their study of Irish instrumental music or song. Applicants may be of any age or ethnic background and need not be residents of the Milwaukee area. The Scholarship Committee anticipates announcing the Edward J. Ward Irish Music Scholarship recipient during the 2017 festival. Winners will be given $500 in August of the award year. The remaining $500 will be awarded only upon the committee’s receipt of the grantee’s report, including evidence (such as receipts and registration forms) that the project was completed.

Examples of past scholarships:

  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Sean Nos lessons
  • Study & Compilation of Session Tunes

*Download the 2017 Edward J. Ward Irish Music Scholarship Application here.

Foundation Grant Guidelines

View the guidelines for applying for a grant from the Irish Fest Foundation here.

Volunteer Academic Scholarship Forms

Deadline for the $2000 scholarship is June 30, 2017.

To Apply: Fill out the online application form here.

Renewal Application: Fill out the online application form here. 

CelticMKE established scholarships for Milwaukee Irish Fest volunteers beginning in 2002. Up to five $2,000 post-secondary scholarships will be awarded each year to deserving volunteers who meet the criteria outlined below. The scholarships were established as both a reward and an incentive for individuals who give significant time and effort as volunteers for the organization or the festival. They also are intended to assist in developing future leaders of CelticMKE.

One of the 2016 Irish Fest Volunteer Scholarship recipients, Patty Bolan, is working on her senior thesis at her office at Boston College. Her research is through the Harvard-Smithsonian center for Astrophysics and involves expanding a database of sigmoids and their properties and relations to coronal mass ejections.

Patty Bolan Recipient of Irish Fest Volunteer Scholarship

Irish Cultural and Educational Grant

The Irish Cultural and Educational Grant was established in 1998 by resolution of the Board of Directors of Irish Festivals, Inc. A yearly total of $2,000 is available, dispersed in smaller grant amounts. Applications will be reviewed once a year in November. Its purpose is to fund an individual’s project that is related to the study of any aspect of Irish culture. Applicant must be an individual, may be of any age or ethnic background and need not be a resident of the Milwaukee area. The Scholarship Committee anticipates announcing grant recipients in November. Further information and applications can be obtained by writing to the Scholarship Committee at Irish Fest, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53213, by emailing us at, by calling CelticMKE at (414) 476-3378 during regular business hours.

Examples of past grants:

  • Currach research and competitions
  • Theatrical production development
  • Irish language study
  • Irish music session research for book publication

*Download the 2017 Irish Cultural and Educational Grant Application here.


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